(May 19, 2011)--As part of College Week in San Antonio, UTSA President Ricardo Romo encourages UTSA community members to wear a UTSA t-shirt and our orange-and-blue on Friday, May 20 to show support for the pursuit of higher education. Students, employees and other supporters at colleges, universities, retailers and businesses across the city will wear college t-shirts on Friday.
College Week is an initiative of San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to boost the idea of attending college. Events are scheduled throughout the week, culminating in College Signing Day at the AT&T Center at 1 p.m., Sunday, May 22. UTSA President Ricardo Romo, UTSA mascot Rowdy and representatives from other area colleges and universities will be part of the Sunday event.
"The mayor sees this as a great way to plant the seed of earning a college degree in the next generation, and I agree 100 percent," said Romo. "Due to my parents' expectations, I automatically knew college was the next step for me. And, if we can encourage that type of commitment citywide and help our young students navigate the process of attending university, I know we can transform the educational level of our city within the next 10 years."
On Monday, Castro kicked off of College Week at Cafe College in downtown San Antonio. The initiative, which the mayor organized with Cafe College, the San Antonio Education Partnership and Generation TX, is "a great way of telling the next generation of students that this is what we expect, this is what we want for you," said Castro. "Getting and education is the key to fulfilling your dreams."
"We want to enshrine and celebrate academic accomplishment the same way we do athletic accomplishment," said the mayor. "It's a great way of telling the next generation of students that this is what we expect, this is what we want for you. We want to create a city of tremendous opportunity in the 21st century."
Cafe College is a city resource where students can get information on how to apply for college and financial aid. At Cafe College, the San Antonio Education Partnership College Access and success advisers provide assistance with these key services:
>> Read a May 17 San Antonio Express-News story on College Week.
College Week events
President Taylor Eighmy is inviting all UTSA faculty and staff to "Tacos With Taylor." Take the opportunity to introduce yourself to the President at any one of these casual meet and greets.
Frio Street Building, Food Court Commons Area, Downtown Campus
Celebrate 40 years of BestFest, an annual event hosted by Roadrunner Productions as a part of UTSA Homecoming festivities. The event will feature a carnival, food and drink booths, a golf cart parade, firework and live music from Anthem.
Brackenridge Lot 1, Main Campus
Celebrate homecoming as the Roadrunners take on Rice. Come early for the Spirit Walk, tailgating, games, music and food. Stick around for a halftime show with SOSA and the crowning of Mr. and Ms. UTSA.
Alamodome, 100 Montana St., Downtown San Antonio
The Leadership Storytelling Homecoming Brunch brings together UTSA alumni and students to share a delicious meal as well as a roundtable conversation about how experiences in college carry us forward on unique leadership journeys.
University Center, Denman Room (UC 2.01.28), Main Campus
The conference is dedicated to sharing recent knowledge and experiences gained in the area of Big Data by researchers in academia, industry and the government sectors within the areas of business, national security, infrastructure, healthcare and visualization. The conference fee is $45 and includes breakfast, lunch & parking. Free for students and non-academic government employees. Register here: https://www.regonline.com/UTSAdataconference2017.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (HUC 1.104), Main Campus
Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, via webcast, will examine America’s economic, political and security relations with China during CHINA Town Hall, an 80-city live discussion and Q&A on China and Sino-American relations.
Building Building, Richard Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus
The African American Studies program proudly presents William "Cruz" Shaw, San Antonio City Councilman and UTSA Alumnus. Event is free and open to the public.
University Center, Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
The graduate fair is an opportunity for the UTSA student body and local San Antonio community to learn about graduate education opportunities. The event is free and open to the public.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (1.104), Main Campus
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